Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



JavaScript: The New Toys (Wrox)
Monday, 27 July 2020

This book explores the newest features of JavaScript, along with who manages the process of improving JavaScript, how new features get introduced, terminology, and a high-level overview of new features. Author T.J. Crowder then looks at each new or updated item in depth, with example uses, possible pitfalls, and recommendations for updating old habits in light of new features. The book is non-platform specific, aimed at programmers working in web development, Node.js, Electron, Windows Universal Apps, or another JavaScript environment.


A Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet (Stanford Briefs)
Friday, 24 July 2020

This book explores why cats became so prevalent as an Internet theme. As author Elyse White says, cats are everywhere from Reddit's slogan of "Come for the cats. Stay for the empathy" through the goth cats of Twitter and the glamourpusses of Instagram to the giddy, nonsensical silliness of Nyan Cat. Bringing together anecdotes, analyses, and hidden histories of the communities that built the internet, Elyse White shows how japonisme, punk culture, cute culture, and the battle among different communities for the soul of the internet informed the sensibility of online felines.


Learn Java for Android Development, 4e (Apress)
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

With the subtitle of "Migrating Java SE Programming Skills to Mobile Development", authors Peter Späth and Jeff Friesen cover the Java language skills necessary for using the Android SDK platform to build Java-based Android apps. It includes the latest Java SE releases that Android supports, and is geared towards the Android SDK version 10. New content in this edition includes JSON documents, functional programming, and lambdas as well as other language features important for migrating Java skills to Android development.


Modern Web Development with ASP.NET Core 3 2nd Ed (Packt)
Monday, 20 July 2020

In this guide, covering Visual Studio 2019, Blazor and Entity Framework, Author Ricardo Peres explores the tools and techniques to build scalable and secured restful web services and web applications using C# 8 and ASP. NET CORE 3.1. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to cover the latest features in the framework, from gRPC and conventions to Blazor, which has a new chapter dedicated to it.


The Infinite Machine (Harper Business)
Friday, 17 July 2020

This book, subtitled How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum, tells the story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world and the growth of cryptocurrency. If covers Ethereum’s chaotic beginnings, and the innovation and reckless greed the platform has unleashed. Financial journalist Camila Russo details the wild and often hapless adventures of a team of hippy-anarchists, reluctantly led by an ambivalent visionary, and lays out how in her opinion this new foundation for the internet will spur both transformation and fraud, and revolutionize our ideas about money.


Ruby on Rails Tutorial, 6th Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

In this updated edition of a well known book, author Michael Hartl teaches Rails through the development of three example applications of increasing sophistication. The tutorial’s examples focus on the general principles of web development needed for virtually any kind of website. The updates to this edition include full compatibility with Rails 6. The book provides integrated tutorials not only for Rails, but also for the essential Ruby, HTML, CSS, and SQL skills you need when developing web applications.


Essential Visual Studio 2019 (Apress)
Monday, 13 July 2020

In this book, subtitled "Boosting Development Productivity with Containers, Git, and Azure Tools", Bruce Johnson offers explicit guidance for the developer who is already familiar with Visual Studio, but might feel a little lost when it comes to understanding the more recent features and advances of the IDE. He looks in detail at key features and advances that have been added, expanded, or improved, and topics such as unit testing, refactoring, Git, debugging, and containers.


Robot Adventures in Python and C (Springer)
Friday, 10 July 2020

This book concentrates on software for mobile robots, and author Thomas Bräunl demonstrates how inexpensive solutions can be constructed by mounting Raspberry Pi controllers and cameras onto model cars or other simple mechanical drive systems, with native applications for MacOS, Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi. Bräunl introduces EyeSim-VR, a freely available system that can realistically simulate driving, swimming, diving, and walking robots. The emphasis throughout is on algorithm development and all software assignments can run on real robot hardware, as well as on the simulation system presented.


Pro Angular 9 4th Ed (Apress)
Wednesday, 08 July 2020

The fourth edition of this guide explains how to get the most from Angular 9, starting with an in-depth overview of the MVC pattern and presenting the range of benefits it can offer. Author Adam Freeman says the book has accompanying online files for Angular 9 and 10, and that all the examples in the book work without changes in Angular 10. The book also shows how to use Angular in your projects, starting with the nuts-and-bolts concepts, and progressing on to more advanced and sophisticated features.


Parallel Programming with C# and .NET Core (BPB)
Monday, 06 July 2020

With the subtitle, "Developing Multithreaded Applications Using C# and .NET Core 3.1 from Scratch", the primary objective of this book is to help readers understand the importance of asynchronous programming and various ways it can be achieved using .NET Core 3.1 and C# 8 to successfully build concurrent applications. Authors Rishabh Verma, Neha Shrivastava, and Ravindra Akella explain the fundamentals of threading, asynchronous programming, various asynchronous patterns, synchronization constructs, unit testing parallel methods, debugging enterprise applications, and tips and tricks.


The Case of IBM 386 PC: A Detective Story for Techies (Amazon)
Friday, 03 July 2020

This is a fictional story set in the year 1994 when IBM PCs are in rampant use, Windows is at version 3.1 and C++ has just started to become popular with the PC programmers.  Author Jim Grep's story involves a few software developers getting together to play detective and solve some interesting bugs entirely by logic and deduction. The developers have an informal dinner meet where they take turns telling an interesting bug story from the past that others try to solve, thinking like an armchair detective.

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Practices of the Python Pro (Manning)
Wednesday, 01 July 2020

This book shows how to design professional-level, clean, easily maintainable software at scale using Python. Author Dane Hillard uses easy-to-grok examples that use pseudocode and Python to introduce software development best practices, along with dozens of useful techniques.



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